Check out these cards!
The Chevron 'Happy Birthday' card is one of my favourites! I made this using a stencil that my aunty sent me. I love it!!! I used two shades of blue ink and an ink blending tool to colour over the stencil and then I cut it to size and did some offset layering. The "Happy Birthday" die was cut out on using Denim cardstock from Kaiser.
There's Always a Reason to Smile was one of my attempts at making a batch of KISS cards (Keep It Simple Stamper), using a variation on one of Catherine Pooler's KISS cards. It did not go nearly as well as things do in her videos. I make a lot more mistakes than she does! Click here to check out her blog post and video. You could say I CASE'd this card. More on CASE'ing another day. The DSP is another of my favourites from Kaiser craft. See below for the other two cards that I made in that batch. I love how versatile this layout is and how easy it is to adapt.
Pink Balloon 80th card: This next card is extra special. It was a request from a co-worker. Her Mum turned 80 and she asked me to make the card. She also paid me! This is the first time that someone (other than Nanny) has paid me for one of my cards. Excited Much! This was a variation on some of the other balloon cards I have made before. I decided to make two clusters of balloons this time and I really like how it turned out.
The card above right, Celebrate, is a card I made for an extra birthday card to have on hand. I used two different sized circle punches, some designer series paper with birds. I just lined up the circles with the birds on the paper - well almost. I'm happy for a first attempt!
Now for some THANK YOU cards. I think I have made more thank you cards than birthday cards!! I love to show my appreciation for people and I love making cards for this purpose.
The first card below, Black Cat Thank You Tag card, was made for a friend of mine who kitty sat Shelly over a weekend or two. I went away two weekends in a row and one of my former students, now a 23 year old, came over to feed and play with Shelly everyday I was away. She also scooped a bit of poop, so she definitely deserved a card! Shelly left a note inside as well.
I have made a few other cards this month, but I think you have probably had enough? I know I have. You might get to see them another time. By the way, I do my best to acknowledge the designers of stamps, dies and other products that I use when making my cards. However, much of my stash has been acquired over time, from others giving away things they no longer use, or purchasing from discount stores. I don't have a lot of money and I try to stretch my crafting dollars as far as possible. No apologies for that! My point is, that if I don't know where it came from, I can't tell you.
We are heading towards Christmas. Yes, I have started shopping and making cards! Work is super busy with no sign of letting up. I have no idea what next week will bring. So, we will all be surprised together! Hopefully, I will finally get to post on time.